Debkafile: “The first visit to Cairo by Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Thursday, March 7, heralded a new chapter in the war on the Islamic State in Sinai, one to be fought with petrodollars versus the jihadis’ war chest. The monarch brought President Abdel-Fattteh El-Sisi two large checks: a $20bn guarantee to cover the oil needs of 90 million Egyptians for the next five years, and another $1.5bn listed euphemistically under the heading of “Sinai development”.
Two-thirds of the latter sum – a cool billion dollars – has been wholly earmarked, according to debkafile’s military and intelligence sources, for weaning 13 Sinai Bedouin chiefs from their commitments to supply fighters and other services to the Wilayat Sayna of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ex-Ansar Bait al-Maqdis.
The Egyptian army will also acquire hi-tech intelligence tools for fighting the terrorist group holding the peninsula in its grip.
Opinion: Just a few short years ago it was unclear as to which nations would make up the future king of the South, and king of the North as prophesied in Daniel 11. Keep in mind that in the Bible north, south, east and west are in relation to Israel.
The best place to begin with the time of the end is in the book of Daniel.
After Alexander the Great’s death in 323 BC, his empire was divided among his four generals (Daniel 8:8): Cassander, Ptolemy, Antigonus, and Seleucus.
The first kings of the North and the South were Seleucus and Ptolemy, and the struggles between the two kings make up the first 35 verses of Daniel 11.
Seleucus got control of what we now know as Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of Turkey. His capital was located 20 miles south of Baghdad.
Ptolemy was in control of Libya, Egypt, the Sudan, Israel, and Jordan, and made Alexandria in Egypt as his capital.
Beginning in Daniel 11:36-39, we are transported to the time of the end, the emergence of Antichrist, and the reformation of the new kings of the north and south.
What has been hard to imagine, until now, is why the US plays no role whatsoever. The break in relations between the US and Egypt and the US and Saudi Arabia over the Iran nuclear deal is giving clarity to the identity of the king of the south.
The battle for the dominant force from the North, however, is still unsettled between Iran and Turkey.
What is interesting is that both Egypt and Saudi Arabia have a role in Psalm 83 and no role in the war of Gog and Magog (Ez.38-39), while Iran and Turkey have no role in Psalm 83, but are clearly involved in Ezekiel’s war.
The battle of Armageddon begins in Daniel 11:40:
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”